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Flashcards in Set 9 Deck (10):
1

Bridling

To control or hold back, restrain

Upon her 18th birthday she moved out of her parents' house and away from their bridling control

2

Broach

Bring up, announce, begin to talk about

To broach the subject of her truly hideous brooch would have been impolitic. There's no way I could have managed to say anything nice about it

3

Brook

To tolerate, endure, countenance

Our drill sergeant made it very clear she would brook no insubordination; even any quiet grumbling would be grounds for endless push-ups

4

Bucolic

Rustic and pastoral; characteristics of rural areas and their inhabitants

Their plans for a life of bucolic tranquility were rudely shattered when they discovered the rolling fields pictured in the brochure for their new house was really part of a busy golf course

5

Burgeon

To grow rapidly or flourish

The burgeoning population transformed the town into a bustling metropolis

6

Burnish

To polish, rub to a shine

Attempts to burnish the former council member's image were useless; he would forever be remembered as the one whose toupee was stolen by a bird during the Fourth of July parade

7

Byzantine

Labyrinthine, complex

Tom's Byzantine explanation of why he missed curfew was confusing even to his parents who were used to his convoluted punishment-avoidance strategies

8

Cacophony

Harsh, jarring, discordant sound; dissonance

The cacophony coming from the construction site next door made it impossible to concentrate on the test

9

Cadge

To sponge, beg, or mooch

He was always cadging change from me, which added up to a lot of money over time, so eventually I presented him with a loan statement and started charging interest

10

Boor

A rude or insensitive person; lout; yokel

I have learned never to take a boor to dine with royalty; last time we had tea with the queen of England, my boorish boyfriend put his feet in the table!